Kit building

I built a PFR-3

I built a PFR-3

I struggled with the construction of the PFR-3 I received for my birthday. I really wanted to get it done two weeks after getting it so I could take it with us on a camping trip but could not get enough hours in a row to do it. Chuck, AC7QN, loaned me his for our […]

Did you miss me? My family did.

Ah yes. It is hard to balance the time spent with the family, work, and hobbies. Here is a quick summary of where my radio adventures have taken me in the last couple of months: With the help of Bruce, AD7WV, I have been trying to figure out why my MFJ Cub puts out less […]

Hams are so clever

I was searching Lulu for ham radio related books when I found a little ham radio ‘zine that I never knew existed called Antentop. The English translation is a little off but not so bad that you can’t understand what is going on. Radio-speak is pretty universal anyway. Go have a look at this tiny […]

I Built a Shaped Code Practice Oscillator

Since I cannot get on the air as much as I would like, I thought it would be good to practice sending with a key using a practice oscillator while on my commute. Every day, I ride a Washington State Ferry to Seattle and that gives me plenty of quiet time every day but not […]

The K1EL WinKeyer2 USB kit was a slam dunk

It only took a little over two hours of careful building to complete my new K1EL WinKeyer USB. The high quality PC board made assembly very easy because the pads were tinned so well. My only complaint is that the box lacked attention to little details but that does not detract from how well these […]

Simple Test Equipment for the QRPer

Simple Test Equipment for the QRPer

Today’s mail brought Graham Firth and Tony Fishpool’s book, “Simple Test Equipment for the QRPer.” I have a head start on the projects in the book because I have already built the VE3DNL Marker Generator project from the NorCal kit. The book’s subtitle says, “20 easy to build projects,” and I cannot wait to start […]

First Contact with MMR-40 and another building tip

First Contact with MMR-40 and another building tip

I made my first contact ever with the MMR-40 QRP rig I built on my own. This is a thrilling landmark for me that ranks right up there with my first CW contact and the other first-time experiences that come along in the amateur radio hobby. Vic in Fresno, K2VCO, gave me a 559 report. […]

I Built the MMR-40 QRP SSB/CW Rig: PTO Tip

I Built the MMR-40 QRP SSB/CW Rig: PTO Tip

I’m claiming to be an intermediate builder now. I built the MMR-40 QRP rig designed by Steve Weber, KD1JV and sold by Doug Hendricks QRP Kits. This project was the my most ambitious kit building experience to date. Right away, I knew this project would not be like the ones I built before. The first […]

HiMite 20 with a BLT to match

I built a home for my HiMite 20 so it is now ready to carry around. For an antenna, I’m using one of two that I built just for QRP, a doublet made of 96 feet of cheap speaker wire and a 24′ long random wire with four 16′ radials. A BLT from QRP Kits […]

HiMite 20: Received one day, built the next

HiMite 20: Received one day, built the next

My HiMite 20 came in the mail. That night, I inventoried the parts and wound the toroids. The next day, I was home with a sick child so I had time to build the whole thing. I took my time and only had to rework one capacitor that I soldered in wrong. One step gave […]